Charlotte Motor Circuit | Now until January 2; 6 pm-10pm. | $ 30 + | Details
Why should you go: Drive up to the Speedway to see a display of four million lights illuminate this four-mile course. Expect hundreds of creative illuminated displays synced with Christmas-themed music that you can listen to from your car’s radio.
AC South Park Hotel | 6 pm-7pm | $ 20 | Details
Why should you go: Join Dancing Lotus Yoga + Arts on the rooftop of the Cordial Cocktail Bar for a 60-minute creative flow across all levels to kick back and relax. Bring a mat and water.
Carolina Panthers & Charlotte FC Tree Lighting Festival
Corner of Mint Street and Graham Street (near Bank of America Stadium) | 5 pm-8pm | Free | Details
Why should you go: This tree-lighting festival hosted by the Panthers and Charlotte FC will feature Sir Purr, the TopCats Cheerleaders, the PurrCussion Drumline and the Black & Blue Crew as well as the Charlotte FC players in a procession leading to the lighting of the trees at 7 p.m.
Yoga with Dance Lotus Yoga + Arts
Uptown Currency Museum | 5.15 p.m.-6 p.m. | $ 20 | Details
Why should you go: Relax and recover in this smooth 45-minute flow class for all levels. The session will be streamed through DropSound headphones to help you focus on your breathing and eliminate distractions. Bring your mat and water.
Jump | 6 pm-9pm | Free | Details
Why should you go: Good Soles partners with Hoppin ‘to provide a volunteer opportunity and talk about their mission. This event will have a table set up for volunteers to write their wishes on cards to be placed in shoeboxes for someone in need. The Good Soles loot will also be available for purchase.
Rooftop sweatshirt with RockBox Fitness SouthPark
Metropolitan | 6 pm-7pm | $ 15 for non-members, free for members | Details
Why should you go: Join RockBox Fitness SouthPark for a complete boxing and strength training workout on the Metropolitan rooftop. Bring a mat and a bottle of water.
Chef Alyssa’s cuisine | 6.30 p.m.-9 p.m. | $ 75 | Details
Why should you go: Learn how to make brunch dishes raised from the ground up using local ingredients. On the menu, shrimp and oatmeal, an English muffin sandwich and a mimosa sorbet.
Luck Factory Games | 6.30 p.m.-10 p.m. | $ 36 | Details
Why should you go: Enter a team of up to four people to compete in a puzzle-solving contest. The team with the fastest time will receive individual and team prizes and can keep their competition puzzle.
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Noel and Maria: back together for the holidays
Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal | 7:30 p.m. | $ 37.50- $ 47.50 | Details
Why should you go: Jazz pianist Noel Freidline and singer Maria Howell, along with their all-star group, will perform a mix of Christmas classics at their annual Christmas show.
Bold music, open mic
The evening muse | 7:30 p.m. | $ 5 | Details
Why should you go: Take the stage to play with other local musicians at Bold Music’s Open Mic Party. Click here to join. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Debut of Maison + Holiday Magic of Morrison Sip, Shop & Stroll
Morrison Shopping Center | 6 pm-8pm | Free | Details
Why should you go: Kim Mauney Interiors invites the public to explore Maison, a living wallet and retail boutique where you’ll find furniture, antiques, home decor and gifts made in North Carolina. Wine and light snacks will be provided.
The Fillmore Charlotte | 8 p.m. $ 35 + | Details
Why should you go: * inhales * “WAIT A MINUTE.” The one and only Willow Smith will bring all the good vibes to The Fillmore as she performs her latest album, Lately I feel it all.
Sip and stroll through the fourth quarter
Fourth historic district | 5 pm-9pm; 2-4 Dec | $ 30 to $ 40 | Details
Why should you go: This self-guided porch-style tour allows guests to wander the Historic Fourth Quarter and see all of the great holiday exhibits. There will be holiday music, carriage rides, and food and cocktail tastings along the way.
Encanto Free Community Screening
Great Ayrsley Cinema | 6 p.m. Free | Details
Why should you go: The Colombo American Foundation, in partnership with Healthy Blue, Manolo’s Bakery, LÃderes Colombianos de Charlotte and Cine Casual, will host a free community screening of Disney’s âEncantoâ.
First-Time Home Buyers Seminar
South End protagonist | 6 pm-7.30pm | Free | Details
Why should you go: Join Reilly Jones of Corcoran HM Properties and Will Mullinix of Mullinix Mortgage Group to discuss the process of buying a home for the first time.
Winter wreath workshop
Covet Workshop | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. | $ 40 | Details
Why should you go: Learn how to hand-form a natural winter wreath using local greenery, eucalyptus, and dried herbs. Wreath making materials such as vines, greens and toppings will be provided and hot tea will be served.
Drag Queen Game Night by The Vanity House
Seltzer Summit | 7:30 p.m. | $ 5 | Details
Why should you go: Test your trivia knowledge with the queens of The Vanity House and enjoy drag performances between games.
The Metropolitain | Select the dates and times until December 22; 10 am to 7 pm | Free | Details
Why should you go: Shop for a selection of handmade and vintage items from over 90 local and regional vendors.
OMB Christmas Market: Weekend 2
Brasserie & Biergarten Olde Mecklenburg | December 3-5; 11 am to 10 pm | Free | Details
Why should you go: Meet at the Biergarten for weekend 2 of the OMB German Christmas Village. Expect a lineup of over 40 vendors, holiday music, tons of lights, seasonal drinks like spiced wine and hot chocolate, and of course delicious German food.
Nutrient Rich: An Opening Day of the Small Works Show
Goodyear Arts | 6 p.m. Free | Details
Why should you go: Join Goodyear Arts for the second annual Nutrient Rich Showcase – a large buffet of over 100 small individual works of art created by 25 artists from the Goodyear Arts Collective.
Ballantyne Movie Series: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Cullman Building Parking Lot | 6 pm-9pm | $ 20 | Details
Why should you go: Drive-in to enjoy an outdoor screening of the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. There will be food from the International Truck of Tacos food truck and wine and beers from Sycamore Brewing. Tickets are per vehicle and proceeds go to Metrolina’s Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical
Auditorium des Fours | 6 p.m. $ 34.75 – $ 64.75 | Details
Why should you go: This traveling show transports audiences to the North Pole to get a glimpse into the magical life of Santa’s Elf Scouts.
Love collecting leaves
The music court | 6 pm-11pm | $ 10 to $ 150 | Details
Why should you go: Head to The Music Yard to enjoy the music of self-proclaimed genre-less musician, TASKS.
Belk Nutcracker Theater
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center | December 3-26; 7:30 p.m. | $ 25 to $ 114 | Details
Why should you go: One of the city’s best holiday traditions is back on stage at the Belk Theater. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Charlotte Ballet with musical selections composed by Tchaikovsky such as the famous âPlum Fairy Danceâ.
The singing Christmas tree
Gateway Village (900 W. Trade St.) | December 3-5; Hours vary | $ 30 + | Details
Why should you go: The annual Singing Christmas Tree returns for its 67th birthday. There will be special appearances from the dancers of the Chris Thompson Cultural Ensemble, the Gray Seal Puppets and, of course, the fabulous Tree Band.
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